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Keep CALM and Manage On

Erin Daruszka | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold.

Speechless: Making Noise in San Francisco (and Beyond)

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

"The 'Aha!' moment was that I wanted to do a show that satirized the Silicon Valley culture," says Sammy Wegent. "Having been saturated in it for a lo...

"Yes, But" - The Evil Twin to "Yes, And"

Karen Hough | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

"Yes, and" is a powerful tool for collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. The concept of "Yes, and" comes from the improvisational sta...

Gendering Improv

Lucas Waldron | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Before transitioning, improv was comforting. As the world started to perceive me as male, doing improv provoked acute self-awareness.

Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million...

An Improviser's Guide to Valentine's Day

The Second City Network | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Now that I'm a big-time expert on love, I feel compelled to share a Valentine's Day guide for improvisers spending this commercialized, exclusionary holiday together.

Actress Jill Morrison from "Mean Girls" Tells All - Part I

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Jill Morrison is lighting up both the small and big screens this month with a recurring role in the hilarious new comedy "Package Deal" on CityTV and...

7 Things I Learned Being a Woman in Improv

The Second City Network | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Everyone's been there. You walk into a scene thinking that you're going to be the head of the UN, talking some serious sense into this business in Syria, and whatdya know? Some DUDE opens the scene with: "Hey, honey?"

6 Things Not to Say to an Improviser

The Second City Network | Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

"Tell me a joke..." Are you a landscaper? Do I ask you to cut a bush for me real quick? Are you an investment banker? Do I tell you to "Go suck the lifeblood out of the working class in this country?" I don't think so, so stop it.

How Improv Can Improve Your Teaching

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts
Jen Olenizcak

A lot of improv is terrible, even onstage with trained improvisers. But what makes it interesting, hilarious and endearing is the wholehearted attitude towards failure that good improvisers possess. Failure happens - it's imperative to learning. On the heels if the NYC-DOE test scores, we need to remember that more than ever.

15 Reminders for Every Improviser

The Second City Network | Posted 10.06.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Your Unibrow Is Cool: The things that you don't like about yourself are probably what made you so good in the first place, and they are definitely what make you memorable and interesting.

Reggie Watts Gives the Weirdest TED Talk Ever (VIDEO)

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Or, Ten Things You Need to Know About "Metamodernism" Right Now If you've ever been in a high school English classroom or a college English course...

Raving About Second City e.t.c. (Without Giving Away the Jokes)

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Second City e.t.c.'s new revue A Clown Car Named Desire combines a particularly talented ensemble with contemporary takes on some of the company's most time-honored bits.

Don't Leave Music to the Pros

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument reduces stress, prevents hearing loss and may even stave off Alzheimer's disease.

21st Century Musicians: New Pathways

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Tony Woodcock

We are all prone to plateau in our endeavors, because we don't have such constant critical prodding and feedback. So our tennis, golf, snooker, running, weightlifting attain a certain level, but then get stuck.

Dynamic Duo: Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

If you have not savored the joys of classical Persian music, or Turkish folk music, now's your chance to take a sweet bite.

Woody and Me

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Gary M. Krebs

To me, Woody Allen is an unparalleled artist who has entertained and inspired me (and many other nebbishes) from childhood to present. While attending the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), my single-minded freshman year goal was to meet Woody Allen.

Finding My Place in the Anxiety Generation

Genevieve Adams | Posted 04.16.2013 | Comedy
Genevieve Adams

How do we survive the daily catastrophes of our over-programmed, plugged-in lives? Since middle school, like many of my peers, I have dealt with anxiety. Yet I have overcome a lot of my fear of uncertainty: in the rehearsal room, on the stage, and with a script.

Improv for Jobseekers - by Katie Goodman

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifFrom all the energy and laughing you would never have guessed that just 20 minutes earlier the room was filled with apprehension and skeptical looks.

How Not to Eat Spaghetti With a Celebrity

John DeBellis | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
John DeBellis

Late one weeknight, after I had finished my set, I collected my cab fare at Catch A Rising Star, and hung out looking for a comic to share a ride to the Improvisation. I joined Bobby Kelton and Andy Kaufman (two fellow comics) at a table in the back of the showroom.

Going Beyond a Blind Date With Science, According to Alan Alda

Jeanne Garbarino | Posted 01.27.2013 | Science
Jeanne Garbarino

Bringing in his experiences as an actor, Alan Alda is challenging scientists to leave their comfort zones and truly become scientific translators for both the pubic and policy makers. Alda has borrowed a concept widely used by many comedians: improvisation.

Election 2012: Ayn Rand vs Viola Spolin

Mike Bonifer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Ayn Rand, you say? Is that what you say? When it comes to productive avenues for innovation and growth, especially in the current economic climate, the Rand approach is a recipe for personal and organizational chaos and aimlessness. Here's why.

The Best Football Game of My Life

Dafna Maor | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Improvising isn't just about making up games where there are no toys. It's about listening to what your child needs. I can't say there's an improvisation for every situation, but try to feel what the child really needs, not necessarily what he asks for.

The Importance of Music: So What's in a Career?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Tony Woodcock

It was always my greatest ambition to become a performer. Someone so technically and musically prepared that they can provide the unforgettable magic that inspires joy and hope. At its best, my violin playing inspired sympathy and the need to improve.

The Improvisational Parent

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Chicago
Liz Joynt Sandberg

Well hello there! My name is Liz and I'm making it up as I go. To a certain extent, I think we'll all admit that this is true of ourselves. But this truth -- that we're basically winging it -- becomes especially pronounced when we become parents.